Courtesy Bruce Rosenlund
Ownership of Jones Park became an issue after the stretch of Bear Creek it contains was discovered to be the last wild habitat of the threatened greenback cutthroat trout.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is letting members know that the City Council decision on whether to transfer Jones Park to El Paso County has been delayed to Jan. 13.
It is expected to pass. Jones Park, a popular biking and hiking spot, has long been owned by Colorado Springs Utilities. But Utilities has been trying to get rid of the property since it was discovered that the area was the last wild home of the threatened greenback cutthroat trout. For more on the Jones Park issue check here
Here's what TOSC had to say:
Final vote delayed to January 13.
This week Colorado Springs City Council postponed a final vote on Jones Park until January 13th, to give the City Attorney time to correct minor legal language in the resolution giving the parcel to El Paso County. The resolution as presented calls for a conservation easement on the property, and deed restrictions that include adopting the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) plan upon transferring Jones Park to the County. The proposed changes will not change the purpose of the conservation easement, or access for hikers and cyclists balanced with the threatened trout. A limit on motorized use is included in the NEPA plan (still to be finalized). El Paso County has said they have no intention of expanding that use.
Once the conservation easement is in place, Jones Park will be protected forever as a favorite, wild place for the public.